Since time immemorial, the definition of beauty has kept evolving. We have compiled a list of the top 50 most beautiful women in the world who have created magic either through their work or their auras. Although, we must not forget that there is definitely more to beauty than just the physical attributes of a person. It’s something that comes from within your soul. It’s the light that shines through you, and it’s in your personality. So ladies, please don’t mistake beauty for something as shallow as your physical appearance. You’re beautiful just the way you are.
Let us only get inspired from one another and lift each other up.
So here’s the list of these wonderful women who have worked hard to get to where they stand today.
Deepika Padukone has evolved and she’s HUGE! She is one of the highest paid actresses in the world. She has done some wonderful work in movies like Bajirao Mastani, Piku and others. Her first Hollywood project was in the action film xXx: Return of Xander Cage in 2017. She also has her own clothing line and has started a foundation called Live Laugh Love to create awareness about mental health in India.
Awards and achievements: She won the BAFTA and was also nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in Lost in Translation
Scarlett Johansson is an American actress, model and singer. She began her acting career during her childhood. The film ‘Lost in Translation’ alongside Bill Murray was her break-out role. ScarJo convincingly played a 25 year old’s character at the age of 18. Some of her other popular films include – Vicki Cristina Barcelona, Lucy, Don Jon and others.
Lively is best known for her role as Serena Van Der Woodsen in the hit TV series Gossip Girl. She has also worked in movies like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Green Lantern, The Age of Adeline and The Shallows. She is married to the actor Ryan Reynolds.
Angelina Jolie is cited as Hollywood’s highest paid actress. She became popular after playing the lead role in the Lara Croft blockbuster movies. She also actively works on child rights, human and women’s rights issues. She founded the Jolie-Pitt Foundation that contributes towards humanitarian causes all around the world.
Lisa Haydon made her acting debut in Bollywood in the film Aisha. She also garnered wide recognition for her performance in Queen. As a model, she is recognized for her impeccable style and persona. She has walked the ramp for the Wills Lifestyle Indian Fashion Week as well.
Aishwarya Rai is on almost every “most beautiful women” list that exists on the planet. She was crowned Miss World in 1994. She made her acting debut in Mani Ratnam’s 1997 Tamil film – Iruvar and Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya, her Hindi film also released in the same year. She has acted in over a forty films in Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali.
[ Read – Why Aishwarya Rai Looks So Beautiful? ]
Beyonce also referred to as ‘Queen B’ by her fans, is one of the biggest and most successful musicians in the world. Her thrilling vocals and her dancing skills are something nobody has matched up to. She in herself is a global brand. She’s married to the successful hip-hop artist Jay-Z.
Priyanka Chopra won the title of Miss World in 2000. She is one of the most famous Indian actresses. Inititally, she wanted to study aeronautical engineering but she moved to the film industry after some great opportunities came knocking at her door. Some of her noteworthy works include Barfi, Bajirao Mastani, Fashion and Mary Kom. In 2015, she began starring in the ABC TV series Quantico. She is one of the highest paid actresses in India and is also known for her philantropic work. Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
She is primarily known for her role as Wonder Woman in the new Wonder Woman movie. She was five months pregnant during reshoots and yet she slayed the part to make the film a HUGE hit across the world. She says she wants both boys and girls to look upto Wonder Woman.
Emma Watson, the star of the Harry Potter franchise, blossomed into a much-talented and respectable actress. She is one of the most influential celebrities in the world. She went to Brown University. She has also acted in movies like Perks of Being a Wallflower, Noah and The Beauty and the Beast.
[ Read: Emma Watson’s Surprising Beauty Secrets ]
Kat Dennings made her acting debut on HBO’s Sex and the City after which she worked in several movies like the 40-year Old Virgin, Big Momma’s House 2, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Thor among her other works. She also plays the lead role of Max in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls.
Her beauty stands out besides her cool Colombian accent. She stars on the ABC comedy series Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett. She was discovered by a photographer while she was walking along a Colombian beach and was soon offered with tons of modeling offers. She is considered to be one of the most influential Latinas in Hollywood.
Johnson was only nine when she made her first film debut. Later on, the doll-faced actress was widely recognized for her role as Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades franchise. Besides being an actress, she loves animals and is an animal rights activist.
Jourdan Dunn was discovered by the legendary agency Storm Model who also discovered Kate Moss in the past. Ever since, Dunn has taken the fashion world by a storm and has been unstoppable. She has walked the ramp for nearly every top designer in the world. She is considered to be one of this generation’s supermodels.
This beautiful woman rose to prominence through her role on the hit HBO Fantasy series Game of Thrones. Her character ‘Danaerys Targaryen’ aka ‘Khaleesi’ gained immense popularity all over the world. In November 2016 she was cast as the female lead in the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo Anthology Film.
Mahira Khan is one of Pakistan’s most popular and highest-paid actresses. She made her debut alongside Atif Aslam in a hit romance Bol. She started her career as a VJ in 2006 and rose to prominence with her role in the hit TV show Humsafar. She also played the lead role in her first Bollywood film ‘Raees’ alongside Shah Rukh Khan.
The beautiful Rachel McAdams portrayed the character of Allie in The Notebook and stole our hearts. She went to college and studied Theatre and initially worked in Canadian television and film productions. Some of her famous movies include Mean Girls, Spotlight The Time Traveler’s Wife, Wedding Crashers and The Family Stone among various others.
Anne Hathaway’s first major breakthrough role was of Mia Thermapolis in The Princess Diaries. She has also received praise and recognition for her performance in movies like The Devil Wears Prada, Love and Other Drugs, Rachel Getting Married and many others. She also played Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.
Elizabeth Woolridge Grant goes by the shiny stage name ‘Lana Del Rey’. She will remind you of another decade that passed by, perhaps the 80s? She has made the world a better place with her retro vibe, unique voice and music that stands out so beautifully. Two of her biggest musical influences are poles apart – Kurt Cobain and Britney Spears.
Riri is undoubtedly one of the most famous celebrities in the world. She first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes. At 16, she auditioned for Jay-Z, the president of Def Jam records, and he signed her on. Today, her total net worth is over a $90 million. She is the most subscribed to artist on Vevo, has the most views with just over 4.6 billion views
Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress who made her acting debut in the short film East River. She wrote, produced and directed the documentary In My Genes. She had her first feature film role in the movie 12 Years a Slave that got her wide recognition.
Smulders is best known for role as Robin Scherbatsky on the hit televsion show How I Met Your Mother and as Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Cobie is also fluent in French. She has won hearts all over with her lovely smile and how perfectly she played “Robin”.
At the age of seven, Mila Kunis and her family moved from Ukraine to Los Angeles. She was enrolled in acting classes as an after-school activity, it was then that she was discovered by an agent. At fifteen, as her first major role, she played Jackie Burkhart in the TV series – That ‘70s Show. She has also voiced Meg Griffin since 1999 in the animated series – Family Guy. She’s an adventure junkie and loves sky diving.
[ Read: Surprising Beauty Secrets Of Mila Kunis ]
Raniah Al Abdullah is the queen consort of Jordan. Since she married the now king of Jordan, she is recognized for her advocacy work related to education, health cross-cultural dialouge, youth and the overall empowerment of the community. This powerful woman is known for her allure and impeccable sense of style.
This gorgeous beauty is a billiards player who is the two-time European champion is Russian Pyramid. She has now mastered the game and is a successful coach.
A lot of struggling actors wish to be discovered by somebody big and Nina actually was! An agent discovered her while she was studying at the Armstrong Acting Studio in Toronto. The Bulgarian-Canadian actress played ‘Elena Gilbert’ on the supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries and instantly went sensational all over the world. She has also worked in other feature films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Final Girls and xXx: Return of Xander Cage.
Irina Shayk gained immense popularity when she became the exclusive face of Intimissimi lingerie. She has walked the runway for brands like Marc Jacobs, Versace, Givenchy and Bottega among many others. In October 2015, she became the new Loreal Paris International Spokesperson. She also made her acting debut alongside Dwayne Johnson in the 2014 film – Hercules.
Nargis Fakhri began her acting career when she appeared as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model. She made her acting debut alongside Ranbir Kapoor in the 2011 hit Bollywood movie ‘Rockstar’. She holds a degree in Psychology and Fine Arts. Her desire to travel was her motivation to become a model so she could get to go to cool places all the time!
Shruti Haasan is an Indian actress and singer who has done major work in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi language films. She is the daughter of the famous veteran actor Kamal Haasan.
Knightley has been nominated for an Academy and a Golden Globe Award. She began acting at a young age and made her film debut in 1995. She gained international recognition through her 2002 film ‘Bend it like Beckham’. Her performance was beautiful in the period drama Pride and Prejudice. Some of her best known roles include Pirates of the Caribbean. Her other talents include ballet, drawing and playing instruments like the guitar and the flute.
Have you watched the HBO series Girls, yet? Allison Williams plays the character of ‘Marnie Michaels’ and she does a brilliant job at it. She graduated from Yale in 2010, with an English degree. She says she wanted to be an actress even before she understood anything else about her life. She has a deep sense of intellectual curiosity and she never wants to stop learning. She is also known to be a comedian and singer, alongside her acting career.
Miranda Kerr rose to prominence in 2007 as one of Victoria’s Secret Angels. She was the first Australian Victoria’s Secret model. She began modelling at the age of thirteen and also won the 1997 Dolly Magazine model search competition. According to Forbes, she is the second highest paid model in the world in the year 2013. In 2010, she also wrote a book called ‘Treasure Yourself – Power Thoughts for my Generation.’
We can’t stop gushing over her beautiful eyes, can we? Alexandra Daddario is best known for her role in the Percy Jackson film series. She has English, Italian, Irish and Czech ancestry. She has also guest starred in series such as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, True Detective, American Horror Story: Hotel among several others. She is also known for her role in the recent Baywatch movie.
The brilliant Kalki Koechlin is an Indian actress and writer of French descent who has created a niche for herself in Bollywood. She is also involved in theatre productions in the country and is widely known for her unconventional body of work. She studied drama at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has worked in some great movies like Dev.D, Margarita with a Straw, That Girl in Yellow Boots, Death in the Gunj among many others. Besides acting, she also writes and produces plays.
Jennifer Shrader Lawrence is not only an Oscar winning actress but she’s also really funny and down-to-earth. According to Forbes, she is the youngest on the list of World’s Highest Paid Actresses. In 2013, she also appeared on Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. The Hunger Games series, Silver Linings Playbook, X-men series, Passengers are some of her most popular films. She was told that she “was too pretty” to play the lead role in Winter’s Bone, so she hopped a red-eye to New York, walked in snow for 13 blocks and finally auditioned in hair that she hadn’t washed in a week. She landed the part and also received her first Oscar nomination for it. Talk about determination!
Zoe Kravitz comes from a mixed heritage. She is the daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet. She has also worked in movies like The Divergent series, No Reservations and Mad Max. She is also the lead vocalist for the band Elevator Fight.
The French actress made her acting debut as a child in a role for one of her father’s plays. She studied drama at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique in Orléans. After small appearances and performances in theater, Cotillard had occasional and minor roles in TV shows, but her career as a film actress began in the mid-1990s. She always believed that she would be a singer and that she became an actress by fluke.
Seyfried made her movie debut in the 2004 teen comedy Mean Girls. She started her modeling career at the young age of eleven and her acting career at fifteen. She has worked in movies such as Dear John, Les Miserables and Mamma Mia! This gorgeous lady is a hard core animal lover at heart and has a beautiful dog named Finn.
Adriana Lima is a Brazilian actress and model. She is known for being one of the most popular Victoria’s Secret angels since 2000. She has walked on endless high-fashion runways and is near the top of Forbes’ list of highest earning models. She has an estimated net worth of over $65 million
She is known for her role as Missandei in the HBO fantasy series ‘Game of Thrones’. She has also appeared in The Maze runner and Fast and Furious 7.
Sonam Kapoor is an Indian actress who comes from the established Kapoor family. She has had a structured education and grounding in the process of film-making. She graduated from college in Politics and Economics. She has been a part of Bollywood movies like Neerja, Delhi 6 and Ranjhana among her other works. She’s a woman of varied interests – she loves to read, shop and play video games. She is also the brand ambassador of several prestigious brands.
Kristen Stewart begun her acting career in 1999. The uber-cool actress has done some incredible work in movies like Clouds of Sils Maria, Still Alice and Personal Shopper, after she finished the Twilight Saga movies. She was listed as one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood in 2010. She is also the face of fashion brands like Chanel. She plays the acoustic and electric guitar as well as the trumpet. Although she loves acting, she has said that she is not so interested in being a “Hollywood Star”. To her, it’s more of a job.
[ Read: Kristen Stewart’s Beauty Secrets ]
Known for her distinct blue eyes and her role as the heart-breaker in the 2009 rom-com 500 Days of Summer, Deschanel is multi-talented. She plays the role of Jessica Day on the hit comedy series ‘New Girl’ quite brilliantly. She is also the producer of the same. Although she’s an incredible actress, Zooey says that her favorite thing to do is writing music.
Shannon Ashley Mitchell is a Canadian actress, model, author and an entrepreneur. Shay is half Filipino and half Irish. She is best known for her role as Emily Fields in the popular TV series Pretty Little Liars. She got the nickname Shay as she’s a fan of Jennifer Lopez a.k.a J.Lo. She wanted to pursue acting from a very young age.
She broke the spell and became the first person born in the 80s to have won an Academy Award for Best Actress. She starred in Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace while still in high school. Portman enrolled at Harvard University to study Psychology, alongside her work as an actress. She is known for her extraordinary acting skills in films like V for Vendetta, Black Swan, and others. Her advice to young grads goes like this – “Your inexperience is an asset in that it will make you think in original, unconventional ways. Accept your lack of knowledge and use it as your asset.”
She is an Iranian born British-American Actress. She was born during the height of the Iranian revolution and so her parents relocated to London, shortly after. She changed her career path from Science to pursuing acting in 2006. She has appeared in TV shows like General Hospital, How I met your Mother, Scandal and Homeland and in movies like Iron Man and The Next Three Days. She also portrayed the character of Esther in the 2016 remake of Ben-Hur.
Cruz studied classical ballet for nine years and was signed by an agent at just 15. She has modeled for Loreal, Ralph Lauren and Mango among other big brands. Some of her works include movies like Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Vanilla Sky, All the Pretty Horses, Gothika and others. She also volunteered in India and Uganda, working with Mother Teresa.
Emily Jean Stone a.k.a. Emma Stone, is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood. She gradually climbed the ladder of success and is known for her incredible performances in movies like La La Land, Birdman, The Amazing Spiderman, Easy A and many others. According to her, the best piece of advice that she has ever received was to “stay irrepressibly true to yourself and be tenacious about finding ways to manifest the truest form of you.”
Now, isn’t that some truly profound advice?
The Australian Actress initially appeared in Australian indie films in the late 2000s. She got her first, big break in Hollywood in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. In 2016, she portrayed the maniacal character of Harley Quinn in the superhero film Suicide Squad and she also appeared as Jane in The Legend of Tarzan, in the same year. She dislikes that some people have labeled her as a “bombshell”. She does not want to be reduced to the cliche that comes with it.
The multi-talented Jessica Jung currently based in South Korea, was born and raised in California. When she was discovered by a South Korean Entertainment Agency, at the age of eleven, she subsequently moved to South Korea. She debuted in 2007 as a member of a South Korean Girl Group called ‘Girl Generation’, and they went on to become one of the best-selling artists of the country. She also portrayed Elle Woods in the Korean-language version of Legally Blonde.
All these wonderful women have one thing in common – they have been so passionate, determined and hardworking in order to excel in their fields. They have all left their mark through their talent and beauty and each one of them is special in their own way. We hope you find inspiration from these strong women who have brought their fame to a world-level through their work.
Oh and don’t forget – we all have a Wonder Woman inside us!